Viet Nam war veteran awarded the National Defense medal and Viet Nam service medal, and won the George Washington Honor Medal, from the Freedom Foundation. Attended Newport Harbor High School, San Deigo City College, Cypress Junior college, Chapman College, and LA Vally College. Paul won the LA Diamond belt, welterweight division, the Southern Pacific AAU boxing Championship in 1972. Won two Golden Globes: Most Promising Newcomer - Male for American Graffiti (1973); Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV for The Burning Bed (1984). Paul was also nominated for a Golden Globe as Best Motion Picture Actor - Musical/Comedy for: Melvin and Howard (1980).